Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to an end, so let’s take this opportunity to reflect on all 30 MCU films thus far, and rank them from worst to best.
When Marvel Studios released Iron Man all the way back in 2008, few of us could have predicted the legacy that it would go on to accumulate in the years that followed. In that time, it has amassed what is undoubtedly the most ambitious and awe-inspiring shared universe in the history of cinema, bringing together three phases of one unique saga comprised of 23 films.
This saga gave life to some of the most iconic Marvel Comics characters of all time, giving us unforgettable live-action adaptations of Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Black Panther and so many more in what have gone on to become some of the greatest movies of all time.
However, like all good things, that story came to an end as the game-changing Avengers: Endgame signified the end of what is now being called the Infinity Saga. And with 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home serving as the perfect footnote to that wonderful saga, wrapping up everything it needed to, the legendary third phase of the MCU is officially in the books.
Over the past two years, Phase 4 of the MCU has taken the shared universe of superheroes into a new era, with the arrival of the Marvel Studios Disney Plus shows such as WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and What If…?. Meanwhile, Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever have all brought the cinematic branch of the fourth phase – and brought Marvel back – to movie theaters.
Phase Four has now been completed, so as we await everything Phase Five has to offer, let’s take this opportunity to reflect on every single cinematic chapter that got us to this point, ranking each of the 29 MCU films from worst to best.